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Hiring

Advertising What are the requirements relating to advertising open positions? The same as those under federal law.

Background checks What can employers do with regard to background checks and inquiries?

(a) Criminal records and arrests Texas requirements are generally the same as those under federal law. The federal Fair Credit Reporting Act may apply.

(b) Medical history Texas requirements are generally the same as those under federal law. The federal Americans with Disabilities Act and Genetic Information Non-discrimination Act may apply.

(c) Drug screening Texas requirements are generally the same as those under federal law. Private employers in Texas may adopt drug and alcohol testing policies for their workers.

(d) Credit checks Texas requirements are generally the same as those under federal law.

(e) Immigration status Texas requirements are generally the same as those under federal law.

(f) Social media The federal National Labor Relations Board has imposed strict requirements on employer policies addressing social media, but Texas imposes no unique requirements.

(g) Other Generally the same as those under federal law.

Wage and hour

Pay What are the main sources of wage and hour laws in your state? The Texas Payday Law, contained in Chapter 61 of the Texas Labor Code, contains requirements on final pay, payment for unused vacation or paid time off, payment of bonuses and commissions, and related topics.

What is the minimum hourly wage? The same as those under federal law.

What are the rules applicable to final pay and deductions from wages? Written authorization is required for deductions from wages. Final pay is due to a discharged employee with six days of termination. For all other employees, final pay is due on the next regular payday.

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